Category Archives: astronomy and cosmology

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have some photos from reader Don McCrady, whose work hasn’t appeared here for a while. These are some of 5,000 photos he took on a recent trip to Namibia, and we’re promised more. Don’s captions are indented. Here are a few shots of some of the wildlife we could see at the Erindi […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

I just got an email from reader Rick Longworth about Chicago and Mars. His notes: I thought of you, Jerry, while flying over your amazing city. Flying from Houston, TX to Grand Rapids, MI, we overflew Chicago and saw the Red Planet in the eastern sky.  Of all the millions of people down there, how […]

Eclipse coming: get your glasses now

I’m sure, if you’re in the U.S., you’ll know all about the eclipse next Monday, which reaches totality between 10:30 am and 3;30 pm, depending on where you are. If you want to see what the eclipse will look like from where you are (enter your ZIP code), go to this site. This is what […]

Jupiter and beyond the infinite

by Matthew Cobb Watch this on full screen with your speakers turned up and your mind-expanding drug of choice to hand. This animation by Seán Doran uses the stunning images recently sent back by the Juno probe. Nobody was expecting the degree of complexity in Jupiter’s multiple storm systems – it really is an extraordinary […]

Google Doodle celebrates discovery of exoplanets

An “exoplanet” is a planet outside the solar system, and today’s Google Doodle, remarkably timely (and cute), celebrates yesterday’s announcement (published in Nature; I haven’t yet read the paper) of seven exoplanets found orbiting around a single star called “Trappist-1”, forty light years away:   As NASA reports, there are seven planets, all roughly the size of […]

A map of the Universe

This video is self-explanatory, but when I first watched it a question came immediately to mind: how come the superfluity of stars that serve no obvious purpose if you think this is all God’s creation? Since we can’t see most of these by eye, why did God make them in the first place? Or are they providing […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Reader Don McCrady sent a bunch of gorgeous astronomy photos. His notes are indented, and further technical and astronomical notes are at the links. Click to enlarge. Now that the weather in Seattle has turned back to being typical Seattle weather, I’ve finally had a chance to process some of the images I took during August.  […]

Accommodationism at the American Astronomical Society

Here’s an abstract from a current meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), along with a transcript below if you don’t have a magnifying glass. This was sent to me by an attendee (who wishes to remain anonymous) of the annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the AAS. When I read this, I was flummoxed: why […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have a grab-bag of diverse photos from several readers, some sans wildlife. The first is from Brandon Cooper, who collaborates with my ex-student Daniel Matute collecting Drosophila flies in Africa: I recently returned from Zambia, Malawi, and Namibia where Matute and I collected a nice transect of melanogaster and simulans. While collecting in […]

So you think you knew Pluto?

NASA has put up some stunning pictures of Pluto taken by the New Horizons spacecraft that did its amazing and recent flyby. I won’t duplicate everything the article says, but will show you just a few sections of text and some images (more at the site) that justify the URL’s bit that “it’s complicated”. The text from the NASA […]